Positive and informative can best describe a workshop hosted on Monday by the Near North District School Board Parent Involvement Committee featuring internationally renowned speaker and advocate for public education, Annie Kidder.

The event was unique in that in addition to being able to attend in person at three locations throughout the region, participants were able to log on from anywhere with internet access.

Half of all participants attended through the online forum.

Annie Kidder worked with participants to explore how to build quality learning environments with schools that support strong relationships both inside the school and within the community.

Ms. Kidder emphasized the importance of building respectful relationships between parents and teachers based on the understanding of roles, realities, and individual circumstances.

Commenting on the event, NNDSB Chair Jay Aspin says “The Board of Trustees is very thankful to the members of our Parent Involvement Committee for organizing this wonderful opportunity…it reinforces the value and caliber of the parents we have within our system and what can be accomplished through working together in a collaborative fashion.”.

Participants were provided the opportunity for candid and open dialogue with Ms. Kidder to address current concerns both on an individual and systemic level.